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Business Alumni in the News

  • June 19, 2017 - Lynn Malkawi, a UTA graduate, wrote an opinion piece for The Jordan Times about economic times in that country that cites reasons for optimism. Malkawi works in public service. She holds a bachelor of business administration and an MBA both from the UTA College of Business.

  • June 12, 2017 - Roxanne Thalman defeated opponent Marvin Sutton by only three votes in the Arlington District 3 council May 10 runoff race, the Star-Telegram reported. District 5 incumbent Lana Wolff won re-election against Dakota Loupe in runoff election. Sutton holds a bachelor of science in accounting from UTA's College of Business. Loupe is a UTA student.

  • June 7, 2017 - Alumnus Peter Singer has joined the leadership team at GIACT Systems, a leader in payment fraud reduction, Sweden's World News, WLOX ABC/CBS 13 in Biloxi, Miss., and other websites reported. Singer earned an MBA and master of science in human resource management from the UTA College of Business.

  • June 2, 2017 - Alumnus Ross Korkmas, chief operating officer at Medical Center of South Arkansas, has been named as a 40 under 40 honoree by Arkansas Business, the El Dorado News-Times reported. Korkmas earned a master of science in health care administration from UTA College of Business.

  • May 31, 2017 - UTA alumnus Andy Heinz will take over Lee Johnson Capital Management as CEO/president after the company’s namesake and leader retires, Fort Worth Business reported. Heinz earned a B.B.A. in finance from UTA.

  • May 26, 2017 - Uma Datla has joined RSP Permian Inc. as its chief accounting officer, KEYC CBS 12 in Monkato, Minn., WVIR NBC 29 in Charlottesville, Va., WDAM ABC 7 in Hattiesburg, Miss., and several other outlets reported. Datla holds a master in professional accounting from UTA.

  • April 26, 2017 - UTA alumnus Jim Fant has been named executive managing director – acquisitions for Westmount Realty Capital, CityBizList and many other media reported. Fant earned his B.B.A. in accounting from UTA.

  • April 21, 2017 - UTA alumnus Riyad Alsaid was named executive director of technology for Rockwall school district, Blue Ribbon News reported. He earned a bachelor of science in information systems from UTA.

  • April 21, 2017 - Several UTA alumni and students are listed among the candidates for the Arlington City Council May 6 ballot, the Star-Telegram reported. Among the candidates are alumni Chris "Dobi" Dobson, Marvin Sutton and Kathryn Wilemon, and UTA students Blerim Elmazi and Dakota Loupe. Sutton holds a bachelor of science in accounting from UTA.

  • April 5, 2017 - Asia Travel Tips reported that alumnus Rakesh Narayanan has been appointed as vice president of supplier commerce - Asia Pacific for Sabre Travel Network. Narayanan earned both a master of science in information systems and an MBA from UTA.

  • March 31, 2017 - Randy Rogers has been appointed the new CEO of Garden Park Medical Center in Gulfport, Miss., according to mhanewsnow. Rogers holds an MBA and a master’s in health care administration from UTA.

  • March 13, 2017 - Diana Alt has been named to the Hotel Brokers International board of directors, Hotel News Resource reported. Alt received her B.B.A. in marketing from UTA.

  • March 6, 2017 - EXCO Resources Inc. named Anthony Horton to its board of directors, WVIR NBC 29 in Charlottesville, Va., WLIO NBC 8 in Lima, Ohio, and many other media outlets reported. Horton holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in management degree and a Master's of Professional Accounting degree, both from UTA. Horton is chief financial officer and executive vice president of Energy Future Holdings Corp.

  • February 20, 2017 - Mohr Partners has hired Travis Mason as director of corporate services, PR Web reported. Mason is a UTA graduate with a bachelor's degree in economics.

  • February 28, 2017 - Tire Business, Modern Tire Dealer and Tire Review reported that alumna Rebecca Sinclair has been hired as the chief people officer for American Tire Distributors, Inc. Sinclair earned her executive master's in business administration degree at UTA.

  • January 30, 2017 - Scott Johnson, who holds a UTA bachelor’s degree in accounting, has been appointed chief financial officer of United Real Estate Group, Satellite News and Contacto Latino reported.

  • January 25, 2017 - Martin Schlossman, who holds an MBA from UTA, has been promoted to first vice president of FHL Bank, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.

  • January 18, 2017 - Eric Jensen has been appointed to the Denton County Transportation Authority, Mass Transit Mag reported. Jensen has a bachelor’s degree in management from the UTA College of Business.

  • December 16, 2016 - Guidry News reported that alumnus John Bielamowicz has been appointed to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists by Gov. Greg Abbott. Bielamowicz earned a bachelor of business administration in real estate degree from UTA.

  • December 9, 2016 - Alumnus Kevin Robbins has been named to the Mannatech board of directors, KWWL NBC 7 in Waterloo, Iowa, reported. Robbins earned a bachelor of business administration in marketing from UTA.

  • December 7, 2016 - Tim Zimmer was named chief marketing officer of Smithfield Foods, eFeedLink, the Arizona Republic and many other media outlets reported. Zimmer earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UTA.

  • November 30, 2016 - Michael Ahart was recently honored as the 2016 Fleet Executive of the Year, Fleet Financials reported. Ahart holds a Master of Professional Accounting from the UTA College of Business.

  • November 23, 2016 - Beckers Hospital Review and Dayton Business Journal both published a short profile about UTA alumnus Matthew Caldwell, who was recently appointed CEO of Springfield, Ohio-based Community Mercy Health Partners. Caldwell holds a master of science in health care administration from UTA.

  • November 21, 2016 - Tony Ramirez, who holds an MBA from UTA, has been appointed vice-president of economic development for the Borderplex Alliance in El Paso, the Las Cruces Sun-News and El Paso Inc reported.

  • November 18, 2016 - SoVaNow, which is the South Boston News & Record and Mecklenburg Sun, reported that Angela Lawrence (nee Lacombe) has been named the new Chase City town manager. Lawrence received her master’s degree in management from UTA.

  • November 11, 2016 - The Borderplex Alliance, a regional economic development organization based in El Paso, has hired Tony Ramirez as vice president of economic development, the El Paso Times and the Las Cruces, N.M., Sun-News reported. Ramirez earned a master's in business administration from UTA.

  • November 9, 2016 - G. Thomas "Tom" Lumpkin and Margaret Shaffer, both alumni of the University of Texas at Arlington College of Business doctoral program, joined the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business as endowed chairs. Read the full news release...

  • November 7, 2016 - Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Michael Guyton, Tina Mims and Jay Zeidman to the Small Business Assistance Advisory Task Force, PressReleasePoint.com reported. Guyton received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UTA. Mims received a bachelor of business administration in marketing from UTA.

  • November 4, 2016 - Melody Martinez (nee Metzger) has been named Vice President - Oil and Gas Management for Farmers National Company, Growing Florida, AgriMarketing and many other media reported. Martinez earned her bachelor's degree in management from UTA.

  • November 2, 2016 - UTA’s Distinguished Alumni dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the E.H. Hereford University Center, the Star-Telegram reported. Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, C. Keith Cargill, Maj. Gen. Daniel P. Hughes, Liz Johnson and Jocelyn Zee will be honored. Cargill holds an MBA from the College of Business.

  • October 26, 2016 - Numerous news outlets, including WVIR Channel 29 in Charlottesville, Va., WDAM Channel 7 in Hattiesburg, Miss. and WLOX Channel 13 in Biloxi, Miss. reported on the appointment of Deanna Johnston as chief information officer of Shiseido Americas Corporation, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based, global cosmetics company Shiseido Company, Limited. Johnston received her bachelor’s degree in finance from UTA.

  • October 21, 2016 - Hispanic Executive profiled Maria Mejia, a UTA alumna and chief financial officer for Ulterra, a drill bit manufacturer. Mejia earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and international business from UTA.

  • October 11, 2016 - The October 2016 issue of Arlington Today focused on the success stories of 16 women in business in the Arlington, Mansfield, Kennedale and S.W. Grand Prairie communities. UTA College of Business graduate Valerie Landry along with her sister, Camille McDonald, and their mother, Dr. Joan Bergstrom, graced the cover and were featured in the magazine. They own The Sanford House, a bed and breakfast in Arlington including restaurant506 and a spa. Valerie graduated with an MBA from UTA and is presently the General Manager of the property.

  • October 10, 2016 - Southlake Style profiled alumna Stephanie Hays, highlighting her passion for financial planning. Hays received her bachelor’s degree in finance from UTA, and says she mentors students and sits in on lectures at the university.

  • October 10, 2016 - UTA alumnus Clint Stephens started Arlington Connect to bring businesses and people in Arlington together, the Arlington Voice reported. Stephens graduated from UTA with a business degree and owns Precision Press in Arlington.

  • October 3, 2016 - The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette profiled Susan Harriman (nee Broussard), a UTA graduate who is the executive director of a new nonprofit, Forward Arkansas, a public-private partnership among the Little Rock-based Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, the Bentonville-based Walton Family Foundation and the state Board of Education, with a mission to improve public education. Harriman holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing degree from UTA.

  • September 21, 2016 - Willy Vargas has been promoted to director for sales in Latin America and the Caribbean for FlightSafety International, Aviation Pros reported. Vargas received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from UTA.

  • September 16, 2016 - Charles Shewmake has joined Thompson & Knight LLP as a partner in the trial practice group, Marketwired reported. Shewmake received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from UTA. He served for more than eight years as vice president and general counsel for BNSF Railway Corp.

  • September 9, 2016 - UTA alumnus Greg Hudson was named city manager of Gilmer City Council, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported. He received a bachelor of arts degree in accounting from UTA in 1995 and a master of public administration degree in 2011.

  • September 2, 2016 - UTA alumna Elaine Hart has been named Austin’s interim city manager, KXAN TV Channel 36 (Austin) reported. Hart received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from UTA.

  • August 26, 2016 - Benzinga, KFMB 760 AM, Spoke.com, WDAM.com, Electric Energy Online and many other media outlets reported that Lonestar Resources US has named John Pinkerton as chairman of the board. Pinkerton, who earned a master’s degree in professional accounting from UTA, previously served as director of the company.

  • August 22, 2016 - Houma Today reported that alumna Marilyn Macik-Frey has been chosen as dean of the College of Business Administration at Nicholls State University. Macik-Frey earned a doctorate in business administration and management from UTA and taught at the Goolsby Leadership Academy.

  • August 17, 2016 - Christian Romieh has joined AXIS Accident and Health as vice president and business development manager for its Middle East and North Africa reinsurance business, Yahoo! Finance and many other websites reported. Romieh earned his MBA from UTA.

  • August 1, 2016 - Jay Jenkins, a UTA alumnus and president and chief executive officer of Carlsbad National Bank in Carlsbad, Calif., has been elected president of the New Mexico Bankers Association for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, Current-Argus reported. Jenkins earned a bachelor of business administration degree in real estate from UTA.

  • July 28, 2016 - Fort Worth Weekly reported on UTA alumnus Josh Miller’s effort to bring a youthful, energetic church to Fort Worth. In 2013, Miller earned a bachelor's degree in business management, and in 2015 he earned a master’s degree in business administration, both from UTA.

  • July 15, 2016 - UTA alumnus Brian Fuller has been named senior asset manager for Preston Hollow Capital, Yahoo Finance and many other media reported. Fuller received his master’s in business administration degree from UTA.

  • July 12, 2016 - UTA alumnus and accountant Daniel Montgomery has become a partner in the firm Gollob Morgan Peddy, Tyler Morning Telegraph reported. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Science in Taxation, both from the UTA College of Business.

  • July 11, 2016 - UTA alumnus Mathew Happach has been named president of Lovejoy, a premium manufacturer of industrial couplings and universal joints, WALB ABC 10 and many other media reported. Happach received his master’s degree in business administration from UTA.

  • June 28, 2016 - The Dallas Business Journal reported that global real estate giant CBRE Group Inc. has named a UTA alumna as the Los Angeles-based firm's chief digital and technology officer. Chandra Dhandapani had been a longtime technology executive at Capital One. She earned her master’s of business administration in information systems degree from UTA.

  • June 28, 2016 - Street Insider and other media noted that Amegy Bank of Texas has named UTA alumnus Laif Afseth as its new president. He most recently served as the company’s executive director of commercial and industrial lending. Afseth holds a bachelor’s of business administration degree in finance from UTA.

  • June 24, 2016 - The Wichita Eagle profiled alumna Lorrie Britton for their Featured Business person column. Britton is regional director of operations at Legend Senior Living and studied business at UTA.

  • June 3, 2016 - Roger Arriaga has been named San Antonio Water System's chief of staff, the San Antonio Business Journal reported. Arriaga will directly oversee operations for the office of the president as well as the board of trustees. Prior to the water utility, Arriaga has worked for the San Antonio Chamber and KB Homes. He earned his bachelor's degree in economics at UTA.

  • June 1, 2016 - John DeLeon, who earned his PhD in business at UTA, will begin teaching at Tarleton State University's center on the Navarro College Midlothian campus this fall, Mansfield Magazine reported.

  • May 26, 2016 - UTA alumnus Gordon Mayer has been named interim director of utilities in Tyler, KLTV.com (Tyler) reported. Mayer previously held the role of deputy director of public works and city engineer for the City of Southlake. Mayer holds an MBA from UTA.

  • May 17, 2016 - CNBC.com, Street Insider.com and many other media organizations noted that Fort Worth Business has honored Kathy Weaver, Ryan senior vice president and chief human resources officer, as one of the region’s 40 most highly accomplished corporate leaders under the age of 40. Weaver earned an Executive MBA from UTA. Ryan is an award-winning global tax services firm.

  • May 17, 2016 - Alaska Air Group has appointed UTA alumnus David Campbell to chief executive officer and president of Horizon Air, Aviation Pros, Financial Buzz, KWTV.com (Oklahoma City) and many other media organizations reported. Campbell, a former vice president at American Airlines and JetBlue, holds an Executive MBA from UTA.

  • May 16, 2016 - Alaska Air Group has announced the promotion of alumnus David L. Campbell (EMBA '07) to CEO and President of Horizon Air. Campbell, based in Portland, Oregon, joined Horizon as president and chief operating officer in July 2014 with more than 25 years of experience in maintenance and flight operations.

  • May 6, 2016 - UTA graduating student and former military veteran Stanley Ugoji was featured in Dallas Business Journal and Knoxville Times articles about AT&T’s veteran hiring policy. Ugoji will be a financial analyst for AT&T and was part of the company’s initiative to hire 10,000 veterans in five years. Ugoji will complete his EMBA at UTA this spring.

  • May 6, 2016 - UTA alumnus and musician Casey Donahue was featured in the San Angelo Standard-Times prior to a concert at the Midnight Rodeo on Friday. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance at UTA.

  • May 5, 2016 - UTA alumna Alexis Nguyen has been named Community Engagement Manager TECH Fort Worth, DallasCityBizList reported. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration from UTA.

  • May 3, 2016 - UTA alumnus Manuel Lima has joined Mid America Mortgage as managing director of its Whole Loan Trading division, The Daily Herald, The Digital Journal, Florida Newswire, Send2Press, Biospace and TIPPNews Daily reported. Lima holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from UTA.

  • May 3, 2016 - UTA alumnus Bob Stephan has been named director of acquisitions of Tarantino Properties, Rednews.com reported. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from UTA in 1992.

  • Altus Group has named Brandon Hayes (’99 B.B.A.) as senior manager within its State & Local Tax and Advisory practice, CityBiz List reported. Hayes earned his bachelor’s of business administration degree from UTA.

  • Good Morning Texas stopped by The Sanford House in Arlington to feature the Inn, Spa, and Restaurant506 on Channel 8 WFAA. College of Business alumna Valerie McDonald Landry (’12 MBA) is the general manager of The Sanford House.

  • Ramp, a leading provider of next-generation video management and delivery solutions for large enterprises, announced the appointment of UTA marketing alumnus Steve Connor (’79 B.B.A.) as vice president of sales and marketing. Connor's extensive background includes senior roles at Oracle, Sun Microsystems, projekt202, and Evity.

  • UTA alumnus Michael Lawlor has been appointed chief services officer of USA Technologies, Bloomberg News, Yahoo Finance, CNBC Online, BusinessWire.com and many television websites reported. Lawlor graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from UTA in 1986.

  • Nine Alumni named to DFW 40 Under 40 Lists
    Among the seven UTA alumni honored at Fort Worth Business’ 40 Under 40 Awards event March 24, are College of Business graduates Benjiman Austin (B.B.A.), Rian Maguire (MBA), Rory Maguire (B.B.A., M.S.), and Kathy Weaver (EMBA). The Dallas Business Journal recognized College of Business Outstanding Alumnus Nafees Alam (B.S.) with a 40 Under 40 Award at an event May 19.

  • WCSC CBS 5 (Charleston, S.C.), WAFF NBC 48 (Huntsville, Ala.), WXIX FOX 19 (Newport, Ky.), WFSB CBS 3 (Hartford, Conn.) and many other media outlets carried a news release announcing that alumnus Todd Schneider (’02) has joined Precision Capital Management as an investment advisor representative. Schneider earned his MBA in finance from UTA.

  • UTA alumnus David Bradford (’99 B.B.A.) has been named Chief Financial Officer of Environmental Pest Service (EPS), Tampa Bay newswire reported. Bradford earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from UTA.

  • Accounting alumnus Bill Guinn (’82 B.B.A.) is retiring from his post as city manager for the City of Keene, Texas, on June 30. He was hired as the city’s financial manager in 2007.

  • On April 21, 2016, the Dallas Women’s Foundation will host the Leadership Forum and Awards Dinner, where the organization will present the 2016 Young Leaders Award to UTA College of Business accounting alumna Brittany K. Byrd (’05 B.B.A., ’06 M.S.). Byrd is associate counsel with Orix USA Corporation and the founder/chair of the nonprofit Girls Embracing Mothers, Inc.

  • Domus Development, a veteran student housing development company based in Dallas, has recently hired UTA alumnus Marc Sullivan (’04 B.B.A. finance, ’05 M.S. real estate) as vice president of development and operations. Sullivan brings 10 years of experience in real estate, finance and development to Domus Development, making it a highly experienced firm in all aspects of student housing development.

  • Alumna Stacey Howard (’90 B.B.A.) was named the new COO of Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin, Ga.

  • Alumna Kim Booker (’10 EMBA), recently published a book, “Selling to Homeowners the Sandler Way,” which she wrote with fellow Sandler trainer Chip Doyle.

  • M. Blake Hargrove (’12 Ph.D.), associate professor of management in the John L. Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University, recently published an article in Human Resource Development Review with co-authors Wendy Becker of Shippensburg University and Debra Hargrove of Dickinson College, titled “The HR Eustress Model: Creating Work Challenge Through Positive Stress.” His research interests include positive organizational behavior, scale development, and applied business ethics, and he has a Ph.D. in management from the UT Arlington College of Business.

  • An article on how to create an Android app by alumnus Jaime Avelar (’09) appeared in the Houston Chronicle Sunday, Jan. 24. He is a professional writer whose programming articles appear on various websites, and has been a software programmer since 2000. Avelar holds a Master of Science in information systems from UTA.

  • UTA alumnus John L. Kennedy (’79 B.B.A. management) recently released a self-published book chronicling his life from being an orphan in Korea in the 1950s, to getting adopted twice in America to eventually meeting his brothers and sisters more than five decades after they thought one another had died, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

  • Safe Haven of Las Cruces, N.M., has announced the appointment of Laura O’Connor as executive director of the organization. She is the former president of the board of directors and a long-time volunteer for Safe Haven. She has a B.B.A. in finance from the UTA College of Business. Safe Haven is the largest no-kill dog and cat adoption facility of its type in Doña Ana County.

  • Alumnus Mark Bowles (’93 B.B.A.) is CEO of Ranger Business Solutions, a managed services company, specializing in business technology solutions. He recently joined a select group of business experts and entrepreneurs from around the world, along with Robin Robins to co-write the book, “Under Attack: How to Protect Your Business & Bank Account From Fast-Growing, Ultra-Motivated and Highly Dangerous CyberCrime Rings.” CelebrityPress, a leading business book publisher, released the book on January 14, 2016.

  • Bank SNB has named Clay Jett as Regional President for its South Texas region, reported SBFI.org. Jett earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from UTA in 1989, with concentrations in finance and economics.

  • Alumnus Raymie Ramsey has been named principal of Johnson Middle School, reported Rambler Newspapers. Ramsey earned a bachelor’s degree in communication/business from UTA.

  • Alumnus and Valero Energy Executive Vice President Mike Crownover (’83 B.B.A. accounting) announced his retirement from the San Antonio-based energy company, which he joined in 1997.

  • Formica Corporation, the inventor of laminate, announced that UT Arlington alumnus Mike Berg (’86 B.B.A. management) has joined the company’s executive leadership team as vice president of sales.

  • Suryakant Desai (’74 MBA, ’83 M.P.A.), a professor of accounting at Cedar Valley College, explained the importance of higher education in a KRLD 1080 interview. Desai, who earned his master's in accounting and business administration from UTA, said higher education opens a world of opportunities for graduates.

  • The Irving school district announced that Raymie Ramsey has been named principal of Johnson Middle School. The Dallas Morning News reported. Ramsey earned a bachelor’s degree in communication/business from UTA.

  • Tracy Gleeson (B.B.A. marketing) was hired by TMI Hospitality, Fargo, as director of regional sales.

  • Elizabeth Owens, a student in the M.S. in Health Care Administration program at UT Arlington, is a transplant research supervisor in the heart and lung transplant and pulmonary section at Baylor Research Institute – Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center. She was interviewed by CBS 11 and KRLD NewsRadio.

  • Clay Jett has been promoted to regional president for Bank SNBs south Texas region, including San Antonio, Austin and south Texas markets, Yahoo Finance, Benzinga, Global Newswire and several other media outlets reported. Jett earned his bachelor's degree is in finance and economics from UTA.

  • Wendy Gibson has joined Global Experience Specialists as executive vice president of global marketing, KSTC 45 in St. Paul, Minn., KOLD TV in Tucson, Az. and several other media sites reported. Gibson earned her bachelor's degree from UTA in business administration and marketing.

  • UT Arlington College of Business alumni were named in the Business Journal’s recent list of “Who’s Who in Energy 2015,” featuring key players in the energy markets in Dallas, Houston, Denver, Pittsburgh and San Antonio. Kelly Roberts (B.B.A.) is the founder of Ricochet Fuel Distributors Inc. in Euless, Texas, a multi-state fuel logistics company. Paula Waggoner-Aguilar (B.B.A. accounting) is president of The Energy CFO LLC in San Antonio, where she has more than 20 years of experience working with entrepreneurs, independent exploration and production, integrated energy, and other oil field services.

  • Inc. magazine named Kemp & Sons General Services to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The Fort Worth-based, family-owned company earned the position of 4662 on the list, and is owned by UT Arlington College of Business alumnus Larry Kemp (’80 B.B.A.), CEO and COO, and his wife, Reggi Sturns-Kemp. They were the subject of an article in Forbes magazine’s June 2015 issue, which listed the Inc. 5000. “I am never amazed by the fine education that I received at UTA, but often other people are. The Forbes article is a testament to the fact that real Mavericks can do anything when we put our minds to it,” Kemp said.

  • Energy executive, CPA and UTA alumna Paula Waggoner-Aguilar talked to “In the Oil Patch,” a radio program produced by KTRH/740 AM (Houston) about the oil and gas industry and her own company, The Energy CFO. Waggoner-Aguilar earned her bachelor’s in accounting degree from UTA.

  • UT Arlington alumnus Suryakant Desai (’74 MBA), professor of accounting at Cedar Valley College, received the 2015 William H. Meardy Faculty Member Award from the Association of Community College Trustees during the organization’s annual conference in San Diego, Calif.

  • UT Arlington alumnus Thomas J. Hruby, Jr. (’98 MBA) was recently hired by Kennesaw, Georgia, company NOVA Engineering and Environmental as the company’s Transportation Sector leader.

  • UTA alumnus Todd Birch has been appointed CEO of Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., the Wisconsin Rapid Tribune, WSAU – 550 AM and WIFC 99.5 FM (Wausaw, Wis.) reported. Birch comes to Wisconsin Rapids from Marshalltown, Iowa, where he is currently the chief operating officer of Marshalltown Medical Center and Surgical Center. He holds a master of science in health care administration from UTA.

  • UTA alumnus Patrick Pacheco (’87 B.S. economics) has joined Cadence Bank as executive vice president and trust executive, Houston Business Journal reported. Pacheco most recently served as managing director and wealth strategies advisor at U.S. Trust and earlier held a similar position at JP Morgan.

  • UTA alumnus Oscar Rodriguez volunteered at Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College to share his experiences with seniors and encourage them to apply to a university, the Dallas Independent School District website reported. Rodriguez shared his own story of how he was able to complete a bachelor of business administration in operations management from UTA in 2006 and a master of science degree in online learning from Texas A&M Commerce. He was the first in his family to complete both high school and college.

  • The Suffolk News-Herald (Suffolk, VA) and The New Irmo News (Irmo, S.C.) published a special letter saluting American veterans, their service and individual sacrifices that was written by Rear Adm. George Ballance, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, U.S. 4th Fleet. Ballance earned a master of business administration degree from UTA.

  • Virtual-Strategy.com, Boston.com and other outlets reported that UTA alumnus Derrick Duke has been appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer of HealthMarkets Insurance Agency. Duke has served with the agency for 11 years. He earned a master of business administration degree from UTA.

  • The Synergy Worldwide.com IE blog reported that UTA alumnus Carmelo D’Anzi has been named the new vice president of sales for Synergy WorldWide Europe. He has 11 years of sales and marketing experience from working in various executive capacities throughout Europe, the U.S., and Latin America. D’Anzi earned his international business degree from UTA.

  • Fort Worth Business reported on several UTA accomplishments including the installment of College of Nursing and Health Innovation Dean Anne Bavier as president of the National League for Nursing, the College of Business annual Alumni and Service Awards and UTA's distinction as a top university for ethnic diversity.

  • Jimmy Campbell, a UTA College of Business alumnus and banking executive, has donated money to establish the $500,000 Jimmy and Cathy Campbell Endowed Scholarship Fund for Cleburne High School students attending UTA, the Cleburne Times-Review reported. The academic award will provide a four-year, half-tuition scholarship to a member of the CHS top 10 percent wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree in any business major within the UTA College of Business.

  • Alumna Meredith Ray was interviewed by Fort Worth, TX Magazine about her “Cowboys and Culture” lifestyle and her business, Meredith Ray Handbags. Ray earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from UTA.

  • The Houston Chronicle, KLTV/ABC 7 (Tyler), WVUE/FOX 8 (New Orleans), WDAM/NBC 7 (Laurel, Miss.) and various other media outlets reported that Lauren Engineers & Constructors, Inc. has promoted alumnus Tom Modisett, who earned his a bachelor’s degree in accounting from UTA, to chief financial officer and secretary/treasurer.

  • Archrock, Inc. announced that alumnus Wendell Brooks has been appointed to its board of directors, Yahoo! Finance, CNBC, Bloomberg Business, Digital Journal and various other media outlets reported. Brooks earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UTA.

  • Yahoo! Finance, EIN.com, The Canadian Business Journal and various other media outlets reported alumnus Mekonnen "Mack" Asrat has been named Senior Vice President and CFO of SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management. Asrat earned a Master of Professional Accounting degree from UTA.

  • Alumnus Pete Yuan (’86 B.B.A. finance) is president of IberiaBank’s Arkansas region, where he is responsible for the bank’s title business, operated under Lender’s Title, United Title and American Abstract. He is a recipient of the university’s Outstanding Alumni Award, given by the school’s Finance Society. In an interview with Arkansas Business, he discusses regulation’s fine line between helping and hindering.

  • Alumnus Michael Valentine (’86 B.B.A.), senior vice president, worldwide sales at Sophos, was named one of the Top Midmarket IT Vendor Executives by The Channel Company.

  • VLK Architects named alumnus Sloan Harris (’03 MBA) a new partner of the firm, which he joined 12 years ago. Harris is a graduate of Leadership Fort Worth and also received his Master of Architecture degree from UT Arlington.

  • The National Mirror interviewed actor and director Udoka Oyeka ('06 B.B.A.), whose works in the Nigerian film industry though just three in number, have made interesting, eye-catching progress and steady rise in prominence. Oyeka earned an accounting degree from UTA.

  • Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) announced changes to the Board of Directors, appointing nine new members from across Texas. Among those added to the board is alumnus Michael Gerik (’80 B.B.A.) of McGregor, Texas. He is executive vice president for Texas Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company and has worked in the property and casualty insurance industry for 35 years.

  • Middle Tennessee State University announced that the E.W. “Wink” Midgett Faculty Excellence Award was presented to Scott Seipel, associate professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems. Seipel (’85 B.B.A., ’98 Ph.D.), who has a doctorate in applied statistics from UT Arlington, played a principal role in developing the business intelligence and analytics courses and program and redesigned an innovative new undergraduate course that teaches hands-on development of business intelligence and analysis skills.

  • The San Francisco Symphony announced that UT Arlington Executive MBA graduate Matthew Spivey (’09 EMBA) was named its new director of artistic planning. He was previously vice president and general manager of the Baltimore Symphony.

  • Energy Manager Today reported on new executive appointments, including two alumni, at three regional energy operators. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has named Kenan Ogelman, who earned his master’s degree in economics from UT Arlington, as vice president of Commercial Operations, and Brad Jones, who earned his master's degree in Business Administration from UT Arlington in 1991, was named CEO of the New York Independent System Operator (NY-ISO).

  • Alumnus David Cusimano (’04 M.A. economics) presented a seminar on small business financing as part of the Prosper Jefferson series, presented by the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, in Fairfield, La. He is the founder of Emerge Dynamics Active Management Consulting, co-founder of Day Flier, Inc., and Gulf Search Capital, LLC, and a minority partner and/or advisor to a several regional small businesses.

  • The McLennan Community College Foundation presented Danny Uptmore with a Distinguished Alumnus award during its annual Scholarship, Alumni and Donor Recognition Ceremony, WacoTrib.com reported. Uptmore earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from The University of Texas at Arlington in 1973.

  • College of Business Executive MBA student Charles Passantino (’15) was named business director of the pest management division at Milwaukee-based Liphatech Inc. He will manage the overall operation of Liphatech’s pest management division business unit. With more than 20 years of sales, marketing and management experience for various organizations, he most recently worked with Vetoquinol USA in the animal health industry.

  • Wilmington Trust has expanded its Global Capital Markets Structured Finance Group with new hires to include UT Arlington alumnus Steve O’Neal, reported the Houston Chronicle, WFLX Fox 29 (West Palm Beach, Fla.), KFVE K5 (Honolulu), WVUE Fox 8 (New Orleans), the Stamford Advocate (Stamford, Conn.) and many other media outlets. O’Neal received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from UT Arlington.

  • The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has named several new executives for the company’s grid and market operations, including UT Arlington alumnus Kenan Ogelman, Power Engineering and PennEnergy reported. Ogelman earned his master’s degree in Economics from UT Arlington.

  • The Times Union reported that the New York Independent System Operator, who runs New York State’s high-voltage electric grid, has named UT Arlington alumnus Bradley Jones as CEO. Jones earned his master's degree in Business Administration from UT Arlington.

  • SFGate, the Houston Chronicle, Boston.com and multiple media outlets reported that UT Arlington alumnus Richard Harper has joined HSB Solomon Associates LLC as a Senior Consultant in the Comparative Performance Analysis™ group. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree from UT Arlington.

  • The Red Oak ISD Alumni Association will honor Pat Choate as their 2015 Distinguished Alumnus, reported the Focus Daily News. Choate, a well-known economist, graduated from UT Arlington in 1963 with a B.A. in economics.

  • UT Arlington marketing alumnus Mark Bowles (’93 B.B.A.), founder of Ranger Business Solutions, has joined Robin Robins and a select group of cyber security experts and entrepreneurs to co-write the forthcoming book, titled Under Attack.

  • BlueInGreen, LLC, a water treatment company, has hired product manager Tanya LeBlanc ('12 MBA), reported the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News, the Stamford Advocate and many other media outlets. LeBlanc earned her master’s degree in business from The University of Texas at Arlington.

  • Jacqualyn Fouse ('82 B.A., '84 M.A., '12 Ph.D.), has given UT Arlington $762,500 to establish the Jack and Doris Fouse Scholarship for Study Abroad, a $1.525 million fund named in honor of her parents, The Dallas Morning News reported. Traveling and working in other nations “opens your mind and allows you to be more creative,” said Fouse, a UT Arlington alumna and president of global hematology and oncology at Celgene Corp., a pharmaceutical giant with headquarters in Summit, N.J., and offices in 50 nations. The column also quoted College of Business Dean Rachel Croson, who said the scholarship gift will add breadth and depth to the student’s education.

  • The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honored Puja Patel as a 2015-2016 inductee into the NAPW VIP Woman of the Year Circle for leadership in healthcare, StreetInsider.com and various media outlets reported. Patel earned her Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Texas Arlington and now serves as Senior Manager at the American Heart Association.

  • College of Business marketing alumna Emily Goad (’03 B.B.A., ’08 MBA, ’14 Ph.D.) is a marketing professor at Illinois State University whose paper is nominated for the Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management 2014 paper of the year award. Her paper, titled “The Good, the Bad and the Effective: A Meta-Analytic Examination of Selling Orientation and Customer Orientation on Sales Performance,” appeared in the fall 2014 issue of the journal and discusses how the concept of customer orientation is a focal construct in marketing and sales literature.

  • In part three of its special look at standout chief information officers, Becker’s Hospital Review.com featured Aaron Miri (’05 B.S.), the CIO of Walnut Hill Medical Center in Dallas. He earned an undergraduate degree in management information systems from UT Arlington.

  • Laurie Lewis (’04 M.S.) has joined USMD Hospital in Arlington as chief nursing officer, Reuters reported. Lewis earned a master's degree in nursing administration and a master's degree in health care administration from The University of Texas at Arlington.

  • Mary Goosens ('91 B.B.A.) has been appointed the new chief financial officer and chief operating officer for the Diocese of Fort Worth, NorthTexasCatholic.org reported. Goosens earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from The University of Texas at Arlington.

  • Brook Aslin (’13 M.S. accounting) is a senior accountant at Capacity Energy, LLC in Fort Worth.

  • Candace Blair, CPA (’05 M.S. taxation) is now a tax partner at Sanford, Baumeister & Frazier, LLP in Fort Worth.

  • Jacob Briggs, CPA (’12 Master of Professional Accounting) was named senior accountant of operations at Fort Worth-based Cash America.

  • Chiao Huang, CPA (’13 M.S. taxation) is a tax senior at Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt, LLP in Fort Worth.

  • Lauren Landivar, CPA (’11 MBA, Master of Professional Accounting) is the new senior analyst/assistant manager at BNSF Railway.

  • The New York Times interviewed Teresa L. White (’88 B.B.A.), president for United States operations of the insurance company Aflac, about her workspace. She keeps a collection of elephant sculptures and photos, a symbol of good luck for members of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. White was a member while a business administration student at UT Arlington.

  • UT Arlington finance alumna Karla Stovall (’94 B.B.A.) was named chief financial officer of the town of Little Elm, Texas.

  • UT Arlington alumna Paula Waggoner-Aguilar, CPA (B.B.A. accounting) is a chief financial officer, owner, and president of The Energy CFO, LLC, a niche entrepreneurial energy finance firm providing CFO leadership to energy and technology entrepreneurs and start-ups. She spoke to the Women’s Energy Network – North Texas Chapter in May 2015 on entrepreneurship and taking career risks.

  • Alumnus Jeff Meyers (’07 B.B.A.) has been appointed vice president for advancement by Odessa College, OA Online reports. Meyers received his degree in business management from The University of Texas at Arlington.

  • UT Arlington business alumna Susan Anderson (’91 Ph.D.) is set to receive the 2015 American Taxation Association/Deloitte Teaching Innovation Award, Elon University reported. The award is presented annually to tax professors whose innovative teaching techniques encourage critical thinking and enhance the overall learning experience.

  • UT Arlington operations management alumnus Sri Talluri (’96 Ph.D.) is now a professor of operations and supply chain management at Michigan State University. He was recently named one of the top 20 scholars worldwide in DEA research based on impact by Omega, the international journal of management science.

  • Mumbai-based Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd has appointed Pranav Parikh (’96 MBA) as head of private equity, seed and venture capital funds, VCCircle reported.

  • College of Business alumnus Kevin M. Simmons (’78 B.B.A.), professor of economics at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, conducted research during a Fulbright Fellowship on the economic implications of strengthened building codes in tornado-heavy areas such as Oklahoma. His findings were published in a New York Times op-ed piece May 14, 2015.

  • American Way, the American Airlines magazine, reported on Baker Jiang, formerly vice president of hypermarket operations at Wal-Mart China, who earned a UT Arlington Asian Executive MBA, which allows students in China to focus on enterprises within their country. Jiang traveled to the UT Arlington main campus for his 2012 graduation and was honored later that year with the university's Distinguished International Alumni Award. Jiang is now senior vice president, retail, at Great China Sephora. The story quoted UT Arlington College of Business Dean Rachel Croson. "We were interested in furthering international engagement, and for the population in China. The EMBA was the right degree."

  • UT Arlington alumnus MJ Charmani ('14 EMBA) was recently promoted to senior manager at Accenture, where he will manage the Business and Systems Integration for Emerging Platforms department, with 35 direct reports across multiple clients and platforms. "The UTA EMBA and Graduate Certificate in Asian Business has added value and enabled me to move up to the next level at Accenture," he said.

  • UT Arlington College of Business alumnus Roland G. Fryer, Jr. ('98 B.A., economics) was awarded the 2015 Clark Medal by the American Economic Association, the highest honor bestowed upon young economists in the profession. Fryer is the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he is a tenured professor and influential applied microeconomist whose work spans labor economics, the economics of education, and social problems and social interactions.

  • UT Arlington alumnus Geng Diangen ('04 EMBA), chairman of Beijing Sinnet Technology, has joined the ranks of the world's billionaires following gains in the share price of the Shenzhen-listed Internet service provider, Forbes reported.

  • Energy industry expert and UT Arlington alumnus Roger K. Ihne ('79 B.S. economics, '81 MBA) was elected director of the Universal Acoustic & Emission Technologies’ Board of Directors, Business Energy.net and many other media organizations reported.

  • Clear Technologies announced the appointment of UT Arlington alumnus Doug Long (’79 B.B.A.) as vice president of sales. He joined Clear’s executive team in March 2015 after spending more than 35 years with IBM. In his new position, he will be responsible for enhancing Clear’s growth through new client acquisition.
     
  • Sethi Financial Group named UT Arlington alumnus Marc Sharma (M.S. human resource management) as its new chief of staff. He will act as the point of contact between executive management and staff where his duties include overseeing, managing, and leading all operational and administrative functions.
     
  • One of Hewlett Packard's vice presidents, David Roberts ('87 B.B.A.), spoke to multiple UTA business classes Friday, March 20, 2015, about his practices with companies like Microsoft, Google and Mattel. Business Week, a program where business professionals come to the UTA College of Business to share their experiences, brought multiple experts to campus to share their stories and involvement in the business world. Read more of Roberts' story.
     
  • Accounting alumnus John Pinkerton (’82 M.P.A.) was named to the Board of Directors of Lonestar Resources, Ltd. In 2012, he retired as CEO of Range Resources and continues to serve as a director.
     
  • Main Event Entertainment announced the appointment of UT Arlington alumna Chandra McCormack (MBA) to the position of chief financial officer. Prior to joining Main Event, McCormack served as chief financial officer, treasurer and vice president of administration for Niagara Conservation. Her previous experience includes roles as CFO for Advanced Beauty Inc., vice president of finance at Dean Foods Company, senior consultant at Deloitte Consulting and assistant vice president at Bank of the West.
     
  • Saulsbury Industries has hired UT Arlington alumnus Chat York (’87 B.B.A. accounting) as its Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Saulsbury, he held a variety of leadership roles with Luminant, most recently as senior director of finance.
     
  • Three chief financial officer of the year nominees—Dan Reynolds ('85 B.B.A., '13 M.S.) of Calloway's Nursery, Susan Drake ('84 B.B.A.) of the Kimball Art Museum and Les Shuler ('77 B.B.A.) of Worthington National Bank—all received undergraduate or graduate degrees in accounting from UT Arlington, the Fort Worth Business Press reported.
     
  • Alumnus Javier Gutierrez (’73 B.B.A.) was honored with a 2015 Minority Business Leader Award by the Dallas Business Journal. He is the sole proprietor and general manager of Javier’s Gourmet Mexicano restaurant in Dallas.
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  • BBVA Compass appointed alumnus Brian Happel (’83 B.B.A.), most recently the Fort Worth city president, its chief executive officer of Fort Worth. Happel’s new role is part of the bank’s broader reorganization that combines BBVA Compass’ retail, wealth management and commercial lines of business into one unit.
     
  • YWCA of Houston announced the election of six new members to the YWCA-Houston Board of Directors, to include UT Arlington business alumna Kaye Horn ('81 MBA).
     
  • Economics alumnus Ben Myers (’00 B.S.) wrote an article about the condo ownership premium in Canada. Myers is an expert in real estate research and has experience with several firms in the United States and Canada, including Hanley Wood Market Intelligence, Altus Clayton, and Urbanation.
     
  • Allegro Development Corporation, a leading provider of commodity trading and risk management software, announced the appointment of Rod Fomby (’90 MBA) as senior vice president of Global Services. Fomby comes to Allegro from EnFORM Technology/SunGard Consulting Services, where he was managing partner in charge of the North American Financial Services practice overseeing consulting and system integration projects for multiple clients.
     
  • On Sept. 30, Colonel David Griffith (’83 B.B.A.) retired from the U.S. Army after 31 years of active duty service.
     
  • UT Arlington accounting alumna Stephanie Bowman (’87 B.B.A.) was named CFO of Dallas-based BenefitMall, the leading provider of employee benefits, human resources and payroll products and services. Prior to joining BenefitMall, she was executive vice president and CFO of Tuesday Morning Corporation.